I bet that got dust up his intakes

An Algerian Mig-29 made an extraordinarily low pass over Mecheria airfield a few days ago.  If he’d towed a lawnmower behind him, I reckon he’d have got a full bag of grass cuttings in no time at all . . . The heavy smoke from the engines is a hallmark of the Mig-29, just as it was for the F-4 Phantom II. The later development of the MiG-29, the MiG-35, is better in that respect, but the smoke is still visible. Peter

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I’m surprised his foundation didn’t collapse .

Last week I came across isolated reports of a (very) corrupt official in China.  Here’s an example from Zero Hedge: Chinese police searched the house of Zhang Qi, 57, the former mayor of Danzhou, and found a large amount of cash, as well as 13.5 tons of gold in ingots in a secret basement of his home, according to local media. According to unofficial reports, in addition to the $625 million worth of gold, cash worth 268 billion yuan ($37 billion) was discovered. There’s more at the link. The figures seemed kinda high to me (particularly the cash), but then video reports surfaced. 

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Not even remotely safe for work . . . but very funny

I try to keep this a family-friendly blog.  However, sometimes something not-entirely-family-friendly happens that is so ridiculously funny or stupid that it just has to be shared, even in as sanitized a form as possible. That’s the case with a video posted over at Chief Nose Wetter’s place.  It shows a boy toddler who discovers one of his mom’s “toys”, and thinks it’s the best thing since sliced bread.  Hilarity ensues. WARNING:  This video is NOT safe for work, and requires you to have a sense of humor about boys and their toys, and ladies’ ditto. That said, for a good laugh, click

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Doofus Of The Day #1,054

Today’s award goes to the faculty and students who took part in this nonsense.  Speaking as a Christian pastor, it’s enough to make me cross (you should pardon the expression). Students at Union Theological Seminary in New York City were instructed to confess to potted plants as an “expression of worship” and as a “liturgical response to our climate crisis.” Many online mocked a tweet from the seminary affiliated with Columbia University for celebrating the unusual chapel service where students of the cloth “held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain

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You want an earworm? I got your earworm right here!

In e-mail correspondence with an overseas contact, whose native language is not English, he asked at one point “What is an ‘earworm‘?”  Well, of course, I volunteered to provide an example!  As a matter of fact, it’s one I blogged about in 2015, when I first encountered it.  (The comments at that earlier blog post are worth reading, too.) At any rate, here’s Austrian “DJ Ötzi” with his (in)famous “Burger Dance”, which went gold in Germany and hit #1 on the charts there (why, I don’t know!).  His teenybopper audience appear to be singing right along, and getting into the spirit of the

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Doofus Of The Day #1,053

Today’s award goes to some truly daft “vegan activists” in Spain. This is the moment two vegan activists separate chickens from cockerels because they ‘don’t want the hens to be raped’. The video was released by the Spanish vegan group Almas Veganas (Vegan Souls), based in Girona in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia. They published the video on Twitter where it has been viewed 570,000 times. On their Twitter page, the activists describe themselves as ‘anti-speciesist’ and ‘transfeminist.’ . . . In the footage, the two activists can be seen smashing eggs on the ground because ‘they belong to the

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So why are they still charging fees?

It seems some American universities and university systems can only be described as “stinking rich“. There are 195 countries in the world, and over half of them are poorer than Harvard University. The Ivy League institution’s 2018 endowment was $38.3 billion, according to Stacker. This amount exceeds the wealth of any of more than half of the 195 countries around the world. . . . Campus Reform reached out to Harvard for a breakdown of funding allocation and to see what the school thought of the college vs. countries statistic, but received no comment in time for publication. With a

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I’ll see your backed-up toilet, and raise you

an exploding maritime convenience! Paul, Dammit!, who blogs over at Hawsepiper, tells the gruelling tale of cleaning up after the ship’s head (or toilet, for those who don’t speak nautical) exploded over the weekend.  Go read all the gory details for yourself. When cleanup involves a Tyvek isolation suit, a respirator, a hose, and bleach by the gallon, I think we can safely say it’s rather worse than the average backed-up domestic toilet! Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #1,052

Today’s award goes to the author of an academic paper on – of all things – the sexual exploitation of dairy cows. A paper currently being promoted by a New York university calls on society to consider the rampant “sexual exploitation” of dairy cows by the milk industry in order to “fully fight gendered oppression.” Specifically, the author compares cattle insemination to “rape” and the milking of cows to “sexual abuse.” Titled “Readying the Rape Rack: Feminism and the Exploitation of Non-Human Reproductive Systems,” the paper was published Friday in a journal called Dissenting Voices, which is published and edited by the

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